Introduction

Although the Vivo X7 has an easy to remove battery, it is extremely difficult to open the phone, thus earning the phone a 6 out of 10 on the repairability scale.

Front and back reference shots. Front and back reference shots. Front and back reference shots.
  • Front and back reference shots.

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Extremely stiff clips keep the phone closed, even after removing the two T2 Torx screws.
  • Extremely stiff clips keep the phone closed, even after removing the two T2 Torx screws.

  • Use of metal tools may be required, which could damage the device during opening.

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View of the inside. The only component in the rear case is a modular vibrator.
  • View of the inside.

  • The only component in the rear case is a modular vibrator.

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Battery tabs are very handily labeled! And very effective!
  • Battery tabs are very handily labeled!

  • And very effective!

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Removing the speaker assembly from the  daughterboard is simple enough, screws and light adhesive. This foam tape appears to be a moisture barrier. Annoying for reassembly, but might protect against water damage.
  • Removing the speaker assembly from the daughterboard is simple enough, screws and light adhesive.

  • This foam tape appears to be a moisture barrier. Annoying for reassembly, but might protect against water damage.

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Daughterboard has significant adhesive. Headphone jack and charging port are soldered to the board, making for more expensive replacements of either component. Under the daughterboard, home button bracket and home button come out easily.
  • Daughterboard has significant adhesive. Headphone jack and charging port are soldered to the board, making for more expensive replacements of either component.

  • Under the daughterboard, home button bracket and home button come out easily.

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First layer of components off the top end of the phone is a ton of brackets. The interconnect cables could be removed at this point as well.
  • First layer of components off the top end of the phone is a ton of brackets.

    • The interconnect cables could be removed at this point as well.

  • Only the front facing camera and SIM eject lever are removable before the motherboard.

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Motherboard removed, only secured by screws. Proximity sensor/flash blocks the rear camera connector and must first be removed. Rear camera last thing off the main board.
  • Motherboard removed, only secured by screws.

  • Proximity sensor/flash blocks the rear camera connector and must first be removed.

  • Rear camera last thing off the main board.

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Final components off of the display are the interconnect cables and earpiece speaker.
  • Final components off of the display are the interconnect cables and earpiece speaker.

  • The midframe-mounted fused display makes for an expensive part. The fact that it is the last part to be removed makes screen replacements time-intensive.

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The Vivo X7 earns a 6 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair): Battery is fairly easily accessible and removable.
  • The Vivo X7 earns a 6 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):

    • Battery is fairly easily accessible and removable.

    • Parts could be more modular, especially mechanical/high wear components.

    • The opening procedure is extremely tough, clips are very stiff and likely to be broken.

    • The single unit display assembly is annoying to reach, and will be a costly part.

    • Manufacturer does not provide user-accessible repair documentation.

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